Cottonwood Estates residents filled the Washington County (Neb.) Board of Supervisors board room Tuesday afternoon to speak out regarding ongoing issues and planned changes at a nearby RV park, the Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise reported.
Sean Negus and Jason Armstrong, co-owners of RiverView Park Resort and Marina, 10022 Riverside Lane, Blair, defended their business during a public hearing.
RiverView is a private campground along the Missouri River with more than 220 hookups. Negus and Armstrong took over ownership of the 32-acre campground, which includes boat slips, a boat ramp, convenience store and recreational facilities, after the 2011 flood.
Negus applied for a modification of RiverView’s conditional-use permit (CUP) that would add 35 camper sites, relocate the entry gate and place a breakaway privacy fence in the floodway. The county issued the campground its 20-year CUP in April 2015.
Lois Gnuse, president of the Cottonwood Homeowners Association, said that RiverView golf cart drivers — sometimes underage — are driving late at night, and she’s concerned about liability and safety risks that could be incurred as a result.
“We want to be good neighbors,” Gnuse said.
Randy Martin, vice president of the Cottonwood Homeowners Association, praised Armstrong for buying, cleaning up and selling two dilapidated lots at Cottonwood. He said nice improvements have been made at RiverView.
Cottonwood resident Ken Wulf said he’s chastised Armstrong when he’s seen him driving his golf cart too fast.
“And you kind of just told us to go screw ourselves,” said Wulf, who said there have also been issues with gunshots and fireworks.
“They’re disrespectful, a lot of them,” Wulf said. “Nobody has any consideration for anybody.”
Armstrong said that RiverView campers must have golf cart insurance. RiverView and Cottonwood Cove have tried to align their golf cart use rules. RiverView will terminate contracts of campers who don’t comply with golf cart rules, he said.
Armstrong said that his campground’s quiet hours begin at 11 p.m., which prompted laughter and snickering from the Cottonwood Estates residents in the audience.
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